Research Projects Needing Volunteers

Important Memories Interview

Participants must have an official diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, must be at least 18 years old, and must speak English as a first language.

Description of study:
The purpose of this study is to see what themes and narrative styles are used when participants write about important memories and how these themes and styles may vary based on the type of experience being described. For this study, participants will be interviewed on Google Talk instant messenger and during the course of this interview will be asked to respond to questions about two different types of memories and will also be asked some questions about life in general. On average, this study takes 45 minutes, though this varies from person to person.

Benefits of participation:
Research has shown that writing about important personal experiences is linked with improvements in mental and physical health. (see Pennebaker and Seagal, Forming a story: The health benefits of narrative, 1999)

Risks of participation:
There are no anticipated risks, although participants should keep in mind that the researcher is not clinical psychologist or therapist.

Each participants will receive a 5 voucher to for taking part in this study.

How to take part:
Either e-mail Bethany Heywood at or sign up here:

Bethany T. Heywood
PhD candidate
Institute of Cognition and Culture
Queen's University Belfast

Volunteers Needed

Everyday problem-solving study in people with AS and HFA

We are a team of clinicians and researchers at University College London, led by Professor Shelley Channon. We are asking for your help with our study, which looks at how people with Asperger syndrome (AS) or high functioning autism (HFA) solve problems relevant to everyday life. We are looking to recruit people who have already been given a diagnosis of AS or HFA but who have not been diagnosed with any other disorder. If you would like to take part but are unsure please get in touch (see below).

What will it involve?
It would help us a great deal if volunteers would fill in two short postal questionnaires about their education, health and general behaviour. We would ask you to return these to us in a stamped addressed envelope.

At a later stage we will get in contact with people who show the particular patterns of responses we are interested in for our research. These people will be invited to come in to our department. If you visit, you will be asked to complete some standard pen and paper and computer-based tests. There will also be an interview. This will be arranged at your convenience, lasting approximately three to three and a half hours.

Where will the visit take place?
This will be in the Psychology Department at UCL, although home visits may be a possible alternative.

Will I be paid for taking part?
We do not make any payment for completing the postal questionnaires. If we ask you to visit us, you will receive a small payment as a token of our appreciation and to cover your expenses.

What will happen to my information?
All information will be kept strictly confidential and you are free to withdraw from the study at any point. It does NOT involve any physical investigations of any kind, and you will not be asked to do anything unpleasant or painful. The study has been granted ethical approval by UCL/UCLH Ethics Committee.

Why is it important for me to take part?
It would be of great help and importance if you were to take part. In the long term we hope that this study will help people with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism to gainÊa better understanding of the specific challenges they face, improve existing methods of identifying any difficulties and develop better therapeutic interventions.

Who can I contact about taking part?
If you are able to help, or have further questions about the study, please contact Sian Fitzpatrick on 020 7679 1097 or alternatively at

Self Knowledge in Autism

You are invited to take part in a study investigating self knowledge in individuals with autism or Asperger's syndrome. Relatively little research has been carried out in this area, therefore the current study would provide an important insight into how individuals with Autism or Asperger's syndrome understand their own minds. In particular, the research will investigate how individuals think about themselves and how well they think others know about them. This research is being carried out by Kelly O'Keeffe at the University of Nottingham and will be supervised by Professor Peter Mitchell and Dr Fenja Ziegler. We are looking for teenagers or adults who have a diagnosis of either Autism or Asperger's syndrome to participate.

Participants will be required to answer some brief questions online and in addition, complete a test of general intellectual ability. This should take no more than 30-40 minutes of your time and your participation would be greatly appreciated. Participants are free to withdraw from the experiment at any time and any details provided will remain confidential. We are more than happy to send a copy of the findings to all participants once the research has been completed.

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information about the study, then please visit or email

Subject: Relationship Questionnaire Research Study


I'm currently looking for people to take part in my postgraduate research study, looking at the closeness of high-functioning autistic and non-autistic adults' relationships and the media (e.g. telephone, email) used to maintain those relationships.

If you are over 18, please take part in this study! All you'll need to do is fill in an anonymous online questionnaire.

Interested? Please visit for further details and to fill in the questionnaire.

Thank you!
Aisa Brooker
(PhD Student, Queen Mary, University of London)

Researchers at Goldsmiths College (University of London) are looking for adults with a formal diagnosis of high functioning autism or Asperger syndrome that would be interested in taking part in a research project investigating memory processing in autism. Volunteers will be asked to complete some simple memory tests and general ability tests and also complete a short questionnaire. The testing session takes around 90 minutes.
If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact Laura Crane.
Post: Laura Crane, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

"Autistic Spectrum Disorder and experiences of pain project

Do you have an ASD diagnosis? Do you live in London area?
- We are carrying out some work on experiences of pain in adults with ASD
- Would you be willing to take part in the Autistic spectrum Disorder and experiences of pain project by answering our questions?
- We would need to interview you twice, taking about 2 hours in total
- We can refund the basic travelling expenses
- We would appreciate your help
- Please contact us to apply or if you need more information"

Zuzana - 07917344618

Maggie - 02082805136

Margaret Anderson B.A. (Hons), R.N.M.H., Dip N (London), Cert.Ed, R.N.T., PhD
Zuzana Matousova-Done BSc (Hons) in R.N.L.D., Cert BSL (level 1), Cert SNCA

"The vast majority of research undertaken into the social skills of people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) focuses on impairments and failures. However, previous studies have established that many people with autism pass social problem solving tasks. It is currently unclear how certain people with ASD successfully do this.

This research is therefore different in that it is seeking to investigate the ways in which people with ASD succeed in passing social tests. We would like to explore if people with ASD solve these problems in a similar way to people without autism.

It is hoped that the preliminary findings from this study may indicate the basis of future interventions (based on existing compensatory strategies) to enhance people with ASD's participation in and understanding of social situations.

Are you over 16 years old with a diagnosis of high functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome and willing to participate in this research? We would also be interested in hearing from friends and relatives who would be willing to complete the study as part of our comparison group.

The research would take place at the University of East London, The Institute of Psychiatry or in a location convenient for you in or around London. It would only require a couple of hours of your time and travel expenses would be reimbursed.

To find out more information about the study, please contact Anna Caffrey ( or Dr Matthew Jones Chesters (M.H.Jones- or phone us on 020 8223 4603. The research is also being supervised by Dr Francesca Happe at the Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre (Institute of Psychiatry)."

Another request for volunteers!

Can you help us? We are researchers at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) working with Prof. Uta Frith, investigating how people with autism spectrum disorders process information. We are looking for people aged 18-65 with a diagnosis of autism or Asperger's syndrome who would like to participate in our study.

This would involve you coming to the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in London to carry out pencil and paper, problem-solving, and computerised tasks. These will take place over a half-day or full day, depending on the amount of time you have available. You will receive a payment for your time, and your travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To find out more information about the study, please contact Caroline Catmur or Geoff Bird , or phone us on 020 7679 1138. General information about our research group can be seen at .

"What's your moral sense? If you are interested in finding out more about the nature of moral judgments, what makes some things appear right and others wrong, then please click this link to take the Moral Sense Test.

This test was designed by a group of researchers at Harvard University and Boston University. The theory we wish to test explores the role of action perception in making moral judgments. Under the theory that we favor, we believe that people make spontaneous judgments concerning the permissibility of an event by unconsciously analyzing details of the actions and their consequences. We want to test whether differences in action perception might affect the judgments made by people on the autistic spectrum. If you have been formally diagnosed with autism or Aspergers, we would very much appreciate your participation in our research. Further details of the test are given at the web site."


We are a team of psychologists, led by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, at the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University. We carry out research studies into Asperger Syndrome and autism. These projects cover a wide range of areas including cognitive styles, behaviour, diagnosis, treatment, hormones, brain scanning, neurochemistry, and genetics. Some of these studies only involve filling in questionnaires at home whilst others involve being assessed by one of our team. You can find out more about the ARC at our website and if you might be interested in taking part in research you can register your details at

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